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Potential for COVID-19 Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Exposure During Laparoscopic Gynaecological Surgery

Version 1 : Received: 30 March 2020 / Approved: 31 March 2020 / Online: 31 March 2020 (09:59:34 CEST)
Version 2 : Received: 8 April 2020 / Approved: 9 April 2020 / Online: 9 April 2020 (10:01:17 CEST)

How to cite: Taylor, G.; Shannon-Lowe, C.; Long, H.; Sundar, S. Potential for COVID-19 Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Exposure During Laparoscopic Gynaecological Surgery. Preprints 2020, 2020030451 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202003.0451.v2). Taylor, G.; Shannon-Lowe, C.; Long, H.; Sundar, S. Potential for COVID-19 Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Exposure During Laparoscopic Gynaecological Surgery. Preprints 2020, 2020030451 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202003.0451.v2).

Abstract

The potential for transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus during minimally invasive gynaecological procedures, such as hysteroscopy or laparoscopy, on the reproductive tract of patients with COVID-19 is not known. We examined existing data for prevalence of virus in the reproductive tract and other bodily fluids.

Subject Areas

gynaecology; gynecology infection; safety; polypectomy; biopsy

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Comment 1
Received: 9 April 2020
Commenter: Graham Taylor
Commenter's Conflict of Interests: Author
Comment: Manuscript has been updated in response to a new publication (Wolfel et al, Nature 2020; reference 3) which shows viral RNA detection does not necessarily indicate infectious virus. References to the current guidelines on surgery from the UK clinical professional bodies is also added (references 1 and 2).
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